Syracuse on top for Barry

Georgia has been an important pipeline for Syracuse in the last few recruiting cycles. In 2015, the Orange are back in the Peach State and made an impression on linebacker Mohamed Barry.

Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High linebacker Mohamed Barry only holds four offers, but picked up his first from a BCS program recently when Syracuse pulled the trigger.

"I was in weight training," Barry said. "Their coach called my coach. Then my coach had me call them. They said they were excited about me. They said they watched my film twice that morning and once the day before and they were really excited about me.

"I just talked to them for a little bit and they offered. They said they love how I play with my speed and my aggression. They think I'll fit into their system."

The offer from Syracuse meant a lot to the 6-foot-1 linebacker.

"I was grateful man," Barry said. "I have family in New York and New York is a great place and they have great coaches. I was happy. An ACC school willing to take a chance on me when I don't have any stars and I'm not ranked on scout or anything, so it was great."

On the horizon for the near future is a trip to Central New York in order to check out the Syracuse program in person.

"Yeah we talked about a visit," Barry said. "He (Fred Reed) asked me if I was scared of going to school somewhere far. He asked me if I was able to take a visit. I'm going to talk to my mom and coach soon and try to set one up ASAP. I'm loving ‘Cuse right now."

Barry went as far as saying Syracuse was his favorite right now, and that he can see himself committing if the visit goes well. A summer visit looks to be the most likely scenario. He added that he wants to decide by July.

Syracuse being far from his Georgia home is not a problem for his recruitment.

"Home is going to be wherever I can make it," Barry said. "Wherever the best fit for me, my family and my future family. I want to get a good education and find a place where I can have fun. The people make the school so I want to go where I feel comfortable. Location is not a factor."

Despite Syracuse being in touch only recently, the staff and the fan base have already made a big impression on the Grayson High standout.

"It's good," Barry said. "I didn't know they would like me like that being underrated. I thought they'd just think I was another offer. They're showing me love more than any school right now. I'm excited and that really wowed me even though I don't have any stars.

"They see the true player that I am and don't worry about the rankings. If you see my film and everything I can do, how I play and my excitement towards the game, I think I'm underrated and they see that."

Barry's teammate, Daniel Fannell, was also offered by Syracuse. Fennel is a three-star linebacker prospect, and the two are very close. Barry said neither will force the other to commit somewhere, but have discussed playing together.

He insists the two will make separate decisions, however, in order for each to find the right fit individually.

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